Sydney Cup 2021

Saturday April 10, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Chairman’s Handicap has produced more Sydney Cup winners than any other lead-up race

The Sydney Cup is one of four Group 1 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival features held on Day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick Racecourse on the second Saturday in April each season.

The meeting’s headline race is also the The Championship’s richest – the Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m). The Sydney Cup is another lucrative clash offering a total of $2 million in prize money including $1.2 million to the Sydney Cup winner.

In 2020 the Sydney Cup prize money was reduced to $1 million with $580,000 for the winner due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but returned to $2 million for the 2021 edition. 

Run over 3200m the two mile classic is held over the same distance as the ‘race that stops a nation’ – the Group 1 Melbourne Cup at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November in the spring. Stayers in the Sydney Cup field face off under handicap conditions with the lowest handicap weight being 50kgs, or 48kgs for the three-year-olds. Winners of the Chipping Norton Stakes and Tancred Stakes (formerly The BMW) are exempt from Sydney Cup ballot.

The traditional lead-up to the Sydney Cup is the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) run the previous Saturday and that also offers a ballot and penalty exemption for the Group 1 back at the track the following weekend.

The last horse to complete the Chairman’s Handicap – Sydney Cup double was the Gai Waterhouse-trained The Offer (2014).

The 2021 Sydney Cup takes place at Royal Randwick on Saturday April 10, 2021. 

Sydney Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 10, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 3200m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $2 million 
  • First Run: 1862

2021 Sydney Cup Results

The 2021 Sydney Cup results and finishing order will be confirmed on Saturday April 10, 2021 and announced below as soon as available.

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

Sydney Cup Betting & Odds

Sydney Cup betting is led each year by the best performing stayers in the Chairman’s Handicap held only seven days earlier on Day 1 of The Championships.

Horses that ran in the first four in their lead-up runs have a top record in the classic and so always feature highly up the Sydney Cup odds as do gallopers with proven two mile form.

Only four Sydney Cup winners since 1983 have come off a lead-up run outside of Sydney with the former Kiwi-trained mare Etah James (2020) having run fourth in the Auckland Cup across the Tasman, the UK raider Polarisation (2017), Adelaide Cup winner Gallic (2007) and Mr. Prudent (2001) who ran third in a Melbourne Group 3 at Caulfield.

Sydney Cup favourites have a solid record in the race over the past decade with six saluting for the punters from 2005 – 2020 most recently The Offer (2014).

Older gallopers also run well in the race with five seven-year-old winners including Etah James (2020), one eight-year-old veteran and Who Shot The Barman (2018) winning at nine years of age from 2006 – 2020.

2021 Sydney Cup Odds

The Sydney Cup 2021 betting odds will be published below as soon as markets on the Group 1 two mile classic are open.

sydney cup 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 sydney cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Sydney Cup Field
Sydney Cup odds were long on the 2015 winner Grand Marshal

Grand Marshal (2015) won at Sydney Cup odds of $41 in an upset autumn Group 1 result. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The Sydney Cup field attracts the season’s best stayers coming out of the Chairman’s Handicap the previous weekend also held at Randwick.

The Chairman’s Handicap has produced more Sydney Cup winners than any other lead-up race with The Offer (2014) the latest to do the double.

Sydney Cup nominations close on a Monday in early February before first acceptances are taken a month later.

The final Sydney Cup field of acceptors and barrier draw are then out on the Tuesday before the race and often attracts horses that have previous two mile form in races like the Adelaide Cup in March and the spring’s iconic Melbourne Cup.

2021 Sydney Cup Field

The Sydney Cup 2021 field and barrier draw will be announced by Racing NSW on the Tuesday leading-up to race day and published in full below.

2021 Sydney Cup Nominations

The 2021 Sydney Cup nominations closed on Tuesday the 9th of February, 2021 attracting 105 stayers led in betting by the Hawkes Racing-trained import Mount Popa

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 91x511379x ACCOUNTABILITY (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 76
2 52x4221x4x ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 60
3 21111x121x AMADE (IRE) G 7 Phillip Stokes  
4 56x2593x6x ANGEL OF TRUTH G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes  
5 7x1925308x ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 6 Kris Lees 92
6 04x241441x ATTORNEY (FR) G 6 Matthew Smith  
7 33x462605x AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings  
8 912391213x BARADE (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander  
9 144521130x BEAUDZ WELL (NZ) G 4 John Wheeler  
10 21x743P60x BIG BLUE (GB) G 9 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
11 715300x21x CANASTA (FR) G 5 Bjorn Baker 79
12 2x6780751x CARIF G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden  
13 1x7452318x CERNAN (GB) G 5 Peter G Moody  
14 3125x2193x CHAPADA G 5 Michael Moroney  
15 x00002860x CHARLES ROAD G 7 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott  
16 1111x0561x COLETTE M 4 James Cummings 110
17 x4x1x1736x COLLIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees  
18 140x21121x CONCERT HALL (NZ) M 6 Roger James & Robert Wellwood  
19 1133x451x COOLTH G 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy  
20 x00x044x6x DADOOZDART (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes  
21 0x00x5241x DARVIN (IRE) G 5 Matthew Williams  
22 1212x5111x DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 6 Patrick Payne  
23 41172x472x DINADO M 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 63
24 3x EMISSARY (GB) H 4 Michael Moroney  
25 71x1546x ENGLISH KING (FR) H 4 Michael Moroney  
26 113x65119x ENTENTE G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 91
27 643x21018x FAVORITE MOON (GER) G 4    
28 1253x6133x FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 6 Matt Cumani  
29 2x06027x8x GOOD IDEA G 6 Phillip Stokes  
30 21x31x GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 4 Chris Waller 72
31 x1x47x0x0x HAPPY PHARRELL (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
32 9x4211312x HARPO MARX (IRE) G 5 Bjorn Baker 76
33 x05530x08x HERENGAWE (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 90
34 000x32400x HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  
35 0x5401342x IN A TWINKLING G 5 Jamie Richards  
36 2x6069531x JOE’S JOY M 7 Richard Litt 61
37 80x952033x KAAPFEVER (NZ) G 6 Joseph Pride 72
38 2119x0543x KISS THE BRIDE (NZ) G 5 Bjorn Baker 84
39 x881194x7x KORCHO (GB) H 5 Kris Lees 82
40 1x1x4x161x LONG ARM (IRE) G 5 Peter Gelagotis  
41 x7811x188x LORD BELVEDERE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
42 2x8328x41x LORD TROPICANA G 4 Gary Portelli 58
43 114x04508x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes  
44 4066107x8x MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien  
45 643x74108x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young  
46 04150x000x MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 96
47 1x1x30x0x MOHICAN HEIGHTS (IRE) G 4 Chris Waller 80
48 4123x6525x MOONLIGHT MAID M 4 Mitchell Freedman  
49 x513x7651x MOSH MUSIC M 6 Archie Alexander  
50 2213x41x2x MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 90
51 126x11124x MUGATOO (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 111
52 225x00980x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 8 Kris Lees  
53 2x350x033x MY SWASHBUCKLER (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 75
54 1635678x8x NELSON (IRE) G 6 Symon Wilde  
55 2x7450130x NERVE NOT VERVE (NZ) M 5 Michael Moroney  
56 21x3719x3x NONCONFORMIST G 4 Grahame Begg  
57 7836x0508x NORWAY (IRE) G 5 Peter G Moody 91
58 1x1x PALE KING (FR) G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 67
59 x313x21x5x PAPPALINO (FR) H 5 Archie Alexander  
60 3x0011455x PATHS OF GLORY (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 96
61 x69379729x PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) G 5 Lisa Latta  
62 x02524549x POLLY GREY (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller  
63 947152x01x QUALITY APPROACH G 5 Michael Costa  
64 423115x05x QUICK THINKER H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman  
65 x6613x500x RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees  
66 611x58862x REALM OF FLOWERS M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman  
67 76x695082x RONDINELLA (NZ) M 6 John O’Shea 99
68 34193x503x RUDIMENTAL (FR) G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra  
69 12922Px90x RUNAWAY R 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  
70 11251x311x SACRAMENTO G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 88
71 38x513883x SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani  
72 5x16x7164x SARACEN KNIGHT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott  
73 4x4844668x SCARLET DREAM M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 86
74 311x28228x SELINO (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 95
75 x092527x1x SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 106
76 21050x083x SHEPARD (GB) G 5 Peter G Moody  
77 1x5361325x SHE’S IDEEL M 5 Bjorn Baker  
78 x0006x063x SHRAAOH (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller  
79 342x47182x SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 8 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes  
80 x222x16x7x SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
81 40x5x0141x SKYMAX (GER) G 5 Mark Newnham 91
82 x522621x6x SOUND (GER) H 8 Michael Moroney  
83 441301x79x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 108
84 002x SPINPIX M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
85 24x1x2211x SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) G 6 Mark Newnham 101
86 50x307851x STARCASTER (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman  
87 x5445x744x STARS OF CARRUM G 5 Peter G Moody  
88 x339x2023x STAY FOOLISH (JPN) H 6 Yoshito Yahagi 106
89 679x03310x STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman  
90 0715x0648x SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 9 Matthew Smith 86
91 63223x221x SWORDS DRAWN H 5 Shaune Ritchie  
92 1x33x2045x TAISEI TRAIL (JPN) H 6 Yoshito Yahagi 101
93 102x00D66x TE AKAU CALIBURN (IRE) G 6 Jamie Richards  
94 572x18734x THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman  
95 221x58203x TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 104
96 224x11121x TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 4 Symon Wilde  
97 137114015x TRUE MARVEL (FR) G 5 Matthew Smith 65
98 1x1x08824x VADIYANN (FR) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 79
99 212x14117x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 121
100 5633x7600x WARNING G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman  
101 x39x0x422x WOLFE (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 101
102 9x36513x6x YONKERS (USA) G 5 Chris Waller 84
103 19x17x780x YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander  
104 123x7x YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 3 Danny O’Brien  
105 2114x9432x YULONG CAPTAIN (IRE) G 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes  

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Sydney Cup First Acceptances

Sydney Cup first acceptances are taken in early March a month after the original nominations and about four weeks out from race day.

The 2021 Sydney Cup first acceptances close at 12:00pm (local Sydney time) on Tuesday the 9th of March, 2021. 

Sydney Cup Tips

Sydney Cup tips favour proven stayers with good lead-up form at Randwick or Rosehill, especially those that ran well in the previous weekend’s Chairman’s Handicap.

Horses carrying between 52kg and 55.5kg also make for a top Sydney Cup tip with only two winners since 2000 carrying more than that to victory with Gallic (56kg in 2007) and Mourayan (58kg in 2013).

Three-year-olds have poor form in the race with just two wins since 1983 most recently Tie The Knot (1998) for his first, while the last mare to win was Jessicabeel (2010).

2021 Sydney Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Sydney Cup 2021 betting tips and exotic selections on the two mile autumn classic will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the stayers to back and sack in this year’s Sydney Cup trifecta.

Sydney Cup Form Guide

The Sydney Cup form guide gives punters all the information they need pre-betting including the trainers, jockeys, weights and barriers for all the horses in the field.

Looking at the Sydney Cup lead-up form is important with gallopers that finished top four in their final lead-up runs dominating the race, while the Chairman’s Handicap is the best form line for the two mile showdown.

Trainer Chris Waller has prepared four Sydney Cup winners in the past decade with Stand To Gain (2011), Grand Marshal (2015), Who Shot Thebarman (2018) and Shraaoh (2019).

Jim Cassidy is the leading Sydney Cup jockey with three winning rides to date including on the Chris Waller-trained 40/1 roughie Grand Marshal (2015).

Sydney Cup Form Facts

  • The only Sydney Cup winner to finish worse than fourth in their lead-up run since 2006 was Stand To Gain (2011)
  • Only five mares have beaten the boys in the Sydney Cup results in the past 30 years most recently Etah James (2020) and Jessicabeel (2010) a decade apart
  • Five-year-olds won five of the editions of the Sydney Cup from 2011 – 2020
  • In the years from 2008 – 2020 five favourites in Sydney Cup betting saluted for the punters
  • The longest priced Sydney Cup winners in the past 30 years were Just A Dancer ($41 in 1991) and Grand Marshal ($41 in 2015)

2021 Sydney Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Sydney Cup 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Sydney Cup Results

Sydney Cup results in the past 10 years have been dominated by the favourites.

The longest priced Sydney Cup winners in that time however were Grand Marshall ($41 in 2015) and Stand To Gain ($21 in 2011) so upsets are also not uncommon. Some of the most noteworthy Sydney Cup winners in the past 30 years include The Offer (2014), Jessicabeel (2010) and Makybe Diva (2004).

Sydney Cup Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Etah James The Chosen One Raheen House 3:28.4
2019 Shraaoh Vengeur Masque Glory Days 3:22.0
2018 Who Shot Thebarman Zacada Sir Charles Road 3:20.0
2017 Polarisation Who Shot Thebarman Big Duke 3:29.1
2016 Gallante Libran Grand Marshal 3:24.5
2015 Grand Marshal Who Shot Thebarman Like A Carousel 3:24.7
2014 The Offer Opinion Sertorius 3:23.8
2013 Mourayan Norsqui Aliyana Tilde 3:24.2
2012 Niwot Efficient Once Were Wild 3:20.4
2011 Stand To Gain Older Than Time Solid Billing 3:29.1
2010 Jessicabeel Divine Rebel Harris Tweed 3:21.8
2009 Ista Kareem Divine Rebel Mr Tipsy 3:27.4
2008 No Wine No Song Pentathon Lang 3:25.5
2007 Gallic Irazu No Wine No Song 3:27.3
2006 County Tyrone Zabeat Three Chimneys 3:22.6
2005 Mahtoum County Tyrone Philosophe 3:27.6
2004 Makybe Diva Manawa King Mummify 3:21.2
2003 Honor Babe County Tyrone Grey Song 3:30.5
2002 Henderson Bay Mr. Prudent Spirit of Westbury 3:26.7
2001 Mr. Prudent Prophet’s Kiss Starina 3:26.9
2000 Streak Sharscay Ears’ Ronny 3:30.3